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Favourite amongst punters and resounding market mover in 2014 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) betting fields, Mr Bogart has been scratched from the Group 2 race for two-year-old colts and geldings at Rosehill Gardens by trainer Anthony Cummings.
Having quickly risen to prominence as a two-year-old to watch after only two competitive starts to date, Cummings told TVN a few niggling reasons led to the decision to remove the exciting Northern Meteor colt from the Pago Pago Stakes final field.
“The horse has a small issue and the wet track is also a problem, and I think it’s best he go for a holiday” Cummings said this morning.
Mr Bogart was blocked for a run and finished fifth amongst a classy field in the Ritz Cinema Handicap (1200m) on debut, but displayed a keen turn of foot to burst from the pack and finish an unlucky second behind Valentia in the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick just two weeks ago.
With high hopes for the two-year-old over the coming seasons, Cummings said while his last result was not ideal following the memorable sprint, Mr Bogart should be far more polished for the performance.
“He was a bit unlucky last time” Cummings said.
“He was held-up and when he finally got out he had no momentum.
“He was only beaten by a neck and I think that will prove to be good form.”
With the removal of leading chance Mr Bogart, betting fields for the 2014 Pago Pago Stakes have now blown wide open, with early favourite Mr Cha Cha re-gaining the punters attention and registering as current $4 favourite, ahead of Kumaon ($4.60), Klammer and Kuro; sharing the third line of betting at current $7 odds.
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